Forget Santa…it’s only 23 more sleeps until the 2016 Year of Print

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If the thought of Santa Claus squishing his way down your chimney doesn’t float your boat then perhaps the 2016 Year of Print will get you excited.

There are more than 180 events scheduled around Australia, both nationally (including regional and rural areas) and internationally for the Year of Print.   This year-long celebration of exhibitions, competitions, workshops and residencies will create a fabulous meeting place for Australian artists, Australian and international art lovers, art students and arts media.

In addition to the events, the Year of Print will foster interesting discussion on contemporary printmaking practices and promotion of printmaking and works on paper through our publication IMPRINT, on this blog and via social media.

We have created #PCAYoP16 to promote the Year of Print.  Please use this hashtag on your Year of Print social media posts to make your contribution to a national and international dialogue for everyone to follow.

Kicking off the Year of Print in January 2016 will be the following events:

  • Re-representation by Laurel McKenzie – Laurel McKenzie considers ways in which women have been (and continue to be) represented in fine art and popular media.
  • Postcards from the North & South – A collaborative project exchanging and exhibiting prints in Australia and overseas by PressNorth Printmakers and Firestation Print Studio stimulating interconnections in printmaking and fostering communication.
  • People’s Rag blog – Co-ordinated by Clare Cowley, People’s Rag is an open-ended platform for people to forward ideas from across Australia and internationally on their experience with printmaking.
  • Thinking of Place – A contemporary exhibition by 60 printmakers on the theme: ‘Thinking of Place’, which may relate to social, cultural or political issues about place, such as; concepts of land, country, the environment, ancestral connections, colonisation, identity associated with geography, imagined locations, or other ideas.
  • Picked and Pressed – Twenty four Newcastle printmakers spent time in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley region in 2015 to find inspirational material to create prints.
  • 2006-2016: a decade of printmaking. A Charles Sturt University Art Collection exhibition – Printmaking is a strong collection focus and the historical basis of the CSU Art Collection.  This exhibition features a diverse selection of print media by Australian living artists with a focus on monotypes. Curated by Thomas Middlemost.

  • Limited Edition: A selection of PCA prints from the Burnie Regional Art Gallery Collection – The artists represented in this exhibition were all commissioned by the PCA to create a limited edition of prints.

  • William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa (National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition) – A travelling exhibition from the NGA featuring prints, film and related drawings by South African artist William Kentridge, from their collection.

  • We’ve got the sky to talk about – An exhibition of prints, drawings, artist books and zines by Lorelei Medcalf made during a summer residency at Sauerbier House, an historic villa and contemporary art space on the riverbank of Port Noarlunga.
  • Mindy Dore Screenprints

Be sure to participate in the Year of Print by attending local events to support printmakers and printmaking in Australia and internationally and let us know what you think via #PCAYoP16 .



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